Over the last few months, WhatsApp’s new Terms of Service are in the spotlight, which will set for May 15 to come into effect. As the date is coming near, lots of users starting worrying and many questions are popping up in their minds. So, let’s bind them and try to find out their answers.
What happens from May 15, 2021:
If I didn’t accept the Terms of Service:
WhatsApp users who have not accepted the terms by that date, still they will be able to continue to use their accounts. But, they will suffer through several functions limitation until they agree with the terms.
It means that the account will remain active, but the services become unusable. Additionally, users can also accept the Terms of Service even after May 15, 2021.
Features that you won’t be able to use if you don’t accept the Terms of Service:
- You won’t be able to send new status updates within the application.
- It’s not possible to forward messages from a chat to another one.
- You cannot manage and use broadcast lists and create new groups, but you can still be added in groups from other people if your privacy settings allow them to add you, otherwise you cannot accept new invites to groups.
- Messaging services are very limited: you cannot quote messages or mention participants in your groups, and you cannot send voice messages, stickers, and other types of media within the application.
- You won’t be able to back up your chat history if you have disabled the automatic backup.
- You cannot use the service Click To Chat.
- You cannot export your chat history.
- If you have iOS, you cannot view shared media anymore, if you haven’t previously exported them. On WhatsApp, for Android, you can still view your media using a File Manager visiting the new path.
If I accept the Terms of Service:
WhatsApp users that accept the terms are able to continue their account and services as usual. On the other hand, a lot of peoples believe that this step allows Facebook to get the data from WhatsApp and it could be true since it’s the parent company.
Users can still chat with family and friends safely and normally because the real changes are made in chatting with business accounts work. There are two types of business accounts: a normal business account and a special business account that uses cloud providers.
While contacting a normal business account is like chatting with a friend or family member, when you chat with a business account that uses cloud providers, it’s possible that the details of the chat with them are used to generate targeted advertisements on Facebook.
So, if you were worried about the Terms of Service, you can understand then just avoid these “special” business accounts having “bad” privacy practices to stay away from Facebook. You can recognize them because it’s marked at the top of the conversation if they use tools to manage and store the chat.
WhatsApp users there is nothing to worried about, your chats and calls are really safe and end-to-end encrypted. If you are still in dilemma then just do one thing, avoid those two new services mentioned above. Aside from this, nothing is changed in WhatsApp.
WhatsApp Cashback feature is coming for Android
WhatsApp has recently started to rollout a new beta version (22.214.171.124) that comes with an interesting addition in the name of payment “Cashback”. The feature is seeming designed to boast in-app payment for the consumers and allure them to use WhatsApp.
According to Wabetainfo, the latest WhatsApp feature allow you to receive cashback on payments made through WhatsApp Payments after 48 hours of timespan. Currently, it remains unknown, whether all of the users will have the privilege to get cashback benefits or it’ll be limited to some users.
However, more information about this feature may be available once it goes available for every WhatsApp user. There are a few things that you should know that the current payment system cashback is limited for the UPI payments in India, you can get cash back and you might receive up to 10 INR cashback.
(source – wabetainfo)
Still, there are many changes that we may see until the final stage of the rollout.
Group Icon Editor:
Previously, WhatsApp rolled out a feature for both Android and iOS users that comes with new features to enhance your group profile feature. This new feature is called Group Icon Editor and allows you to choose the background color of the icons.
However, both of these features are still under development but they are designed to bring more convenience to your user experience.
WhatsApp group icon editor announce for Android
After bringing the group profile customization tool for iOS, WhatsApp is developing the same feature for Android users. It’ll help them to set a temporary icon on the group profile using the background and emojis.
Using different combinations of solid color backgrounds and available emojis, WhatsApp users on Android can create multiple icons. This drawing tool can be used in a situation when a user can’t decide a profile image or need a momentary group.
Let’s check first, how it’ll look like-
(WhatsApp Group icon editor on Android, Image from WABetaInfo)
The image is identical to what we saw for iOS. Combing different background shades and icons users can create a group profile icon. It’s really fun to set an image like this because if we want any icon image we have to search it on the web, then download it, afterward we are able to set it.
Furthermore, we don’t have to waste our time in finding profile images for some irregular groups that’ll we abandon after a time. WhatsApp is enriching its feature covering every single possibility and scenario to bring more operation convenience.
According to the data, the WhatsApp group icon editor isn’t ready for Android users yet, there are still some measurements left to be done. But the WhatsApp Android beta 126.96.36.199 update confirms that it’ll soon rollout for the users.
Besides, the WhatsApp beta for iOS 188.8.131.52 has already enabled this feature for beta testers. However, only limited users are able to use it. If you are on the same version, can check this feature by flowing the below-mentioned steps.
- Open your WhatsApp account on your device
- Tap on the group to info and access the edit
- If you saw a new option- “Emoji & Sticker”, it has been enabled on your device
- In case you don’t see any, wait for the next update
More About WhatsApp:
With the previous update, WhatsApp has rollout a message reporting system. It’ll allow a user to report a particular message from an individual or a group. To be mentioned, we are only allowed to report a contact/group, not a message. (Whole Story Here)
New WhatsApp Message Reporting feature rolling out for iOS and Android
WhatsApp has just brought us the message reporting system, enabling the possibility to report a single message. It’ll be helpful in the situation where you can’t block a user or exit any group after finding insolent messages.
At present, WhatsApp only allows a user to report an individual contact or group. There is no option is available for message reporting. However, it can be problematic if a user mistakenly reported contact or group as it can’t be retrieved.
Now, the new feature will let a user report a single message if spotting any offensive content. in conversation. Furthermore, only the selected message will be forward on WhatsApp servers without acknowledging the other user. Besides, users can also block the other user whose message is being reported.
How to Verify:
To verify the message reporting feature, open any conversation from your contact list on the WhatsApp account. Now you have to select any received message. If the feature has been enabled on your device you will have an extra option to report a particular message.
WhatsApp has started to rollout the message reporting system for both platforms. You can check the feature by following the above-mentioned method if it has been enabled on your devices or not. Users can match
- 184.108.40.206 iOS beta version for Apple devices
- 220.127.116.11 Android beta version for other smartphones
Moreover, some users also received this feature with the previous updates. In case you haven’t received it yet please wait for the next update, WhatsApp will soon send this new feature on your devices.
Now, it’s time to check the screenshots of the feature for a better understanding-
(WhatsApp Message Reporting for iOS, Image From WABetaInfo) (WhatsApp Message Reporting for Android, Image From WABetaInfo)